Surf, Seafood and Symphony set to ignite the senses

Edgard Cruz Junior from Vapiano Soul, and Luke Turner from Olli & Luca at Capri on Via Roma

Edgard Cruz Junior from Vapiano Soul, and Luke Turner from Olli & Luca at Capri on Via Roma

TAKING its place as the premier food event on the Surfers Paradise Festival calendar, Surf, Seafood and Symphony will deliver the beautiful combination of seafood and classical music into one postcard location on Saturday April 12.

The brand new event will kick off with a seaside food festival featuring the Gold Coast’s best restaurateurs and cooking demonstrations from some of the area’s most renowned and liveliest chefs.


After dark, the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra will be make up the symphonic component of the event with a beach-set concert hosted by TV personality Jo-Beth Taylor.

Surfers Paradise Alliance CEO Mike Winlaw said that Surf, Seafood and Symphony was a chance for foodies and music lovers to unite for a day of indulgence for the whole family.

“The event has been designed to excite the local foodie community with live cooking demonstrations from some of the city’s most celebrated chefs who will be giving out their expert tips and secrets behind their gourmet dishes,” Mr Winlaw said.

“A string quartet and chamber ensemble will also be performing throughout the day giving the picnic-blanket affair a bit of an upmarket swing.

“Once the sun sets, we have another first for Surfers Paradise with the Gold Coast’s own Philharmonic Orchestra performing on the beach before the event culminates in a spectacular fireworks display,” he said.

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Justin Hart and Mark Turpin from the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra

Kicking off at 11am on the foreshore, the international food marquee will be hosting pop-up stalls from Benihana, Deja View, Divine Doughnuts, Fables and Coastal Kitchen Restaurant, Fling Juices, Four Winds, State House, Taco Fiesta and Teppanyaki Noodles.

From 12pm, some of the precinct’s most celebrated Chefs will be giving their gourmet cooking demonstrations in the Cavill Mall Kitchen including Jean Marc Heussner from Four Winds Crown Plaza, Luke Turner from Capri on Via Roma, Luke Stepsys from QT Gold Coast and Channel 7 fishing and weather expert Paul Burt.

Comprised of professional and amateur musicians, the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra has held the position as the city’s peak classical music body for more than 30 years and will present a repertoire of modern and classic symphony to complement the twilight seaside setting.

Some of the country’s most talented musicians are part of the orchestra which is being fronted by vocal stars Greg Moore and Kimberley Hodgson.

Surf, Seafood and Symphony is being held on Saturday April 12 on the Surfers Paradise foreshore, and Esplanade from 11am – 9pm. Entry to the event is free.

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International Food Marquees: 11am – 9pm

Chefs of Surfers Paradise Shows: 12pm – 5pm
•11.15am – 11.45am: Edgard Cruz Junior, Vapiano Soul
•12:00pm – 12.30pm: Luke Turner, Olli & Luca at Capri on Via Roma
•12:45pm – 1:15pm: Jean Marc Heussner, Four Winds 360 Crowne Plaza
•1:30pm – 2:00pm: Paul Burt, Hot Tomato 102.9FM
•2:15pm – 2:45pm: Olivier Maokhamphieu, Deja View Outrigger Surfers Paradise
•3:00pm – 3.30pm: Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa Chef
•3:45pm – 4.15pm: Luke Stepsys, QT Gold Coast
•4.30pm – 5:00pm: Shannon Surch, The Avenue Chef

Orchestral Performances: 7pm – 9pm
The Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra
Hosted by Jo-Beth Taylor

Vocal performances by
•    Greg Moore
•    Kimberley Hodgson
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To  view a full schedule of events for the 2014 Surfers Paradise Festival, go to